Bosque County: Veteran police dog that helped sniff out drugs dies

Buck was a military K-9 before he was acquired by the Bosque County Sheriff's Office in 2014 to work as a dual narcotics and patrol dog. (Photo courtesy of Danny Ragsdale)
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BOSQUE COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) A former police dog that helped sniff out drugs in Bosque and Hill counties has died

Buck, 11, died Aug. 30 after a veterinarian discovered masses covering his spleen.

The Dutch Shepherd was a military K-9 before he was acquired by the Bosque County Sheriff's Office in 2014 to work as a dual narcotics and patrol dog.

Bosque County deputy Danny Ragsdale was his partner and handler from 2015 to 2016.

"While we worked for Bosque County SO, we helped the Whitney Police Department with multiple search warrants, and the Hill County Sheriff's Office, as well," Ragsdaloe said.

Buck worked more than 25 drug cases during his tenure at the sheriff’s office.

Buck was retired at the end of 2016 at age 9 and was given to Ragsdale.

"My neighbors, the Merrit family and boys, loved playing with Buck," Ragsdale said.

"I let Buck live with them to be a dog for the rest of his life."

After Buck retired, Ragsdale took on a new K-9 partner, Dante.

Ragsdale and Dante have been working at the Whitney Police Department for a little more than a year.

"I will see you again one day, rest easy, your work is done," said Ragsdale.